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Opinion

December 17, 2012

The way football used to be played

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In professional football the game is played with specialists, making the game very exciting! The quarterbacking, as well as the receiving, in each game is outstanding. Wearing gloves and possibly using a stick’em on them, is a benefit in today’s game. Also the ball is now slimmer; the passer can get their hand around the ball better, resulting in throwing the ball farther and more accurately. Passing the ball is a big part of the game today. The slimmer ball has made centering for long snaps easier as well.

I’m not so fond of big college football. They have great players who give you a good game, but I believe they’ve become football factories. Smaller colleges are unable to recruit these big players. Big colleges have football year round, with so many bowl games their season doesn’t end until mid-January at times. Before you know it, it’s already spring football. Out of season and throughout the entire football season, the players are in training rooms. There is not much of a chance to play anything else — forget playing two college sports like they did in the ’40s.

Picking a college game to watch on a Saturday, I usually opt for a small college game. I believe these players are more amateurs, being both student and player. They offer good football without having to crank out specialist players like the larger colleges. They manage to get great coaches and perform some surprising plays. Periodically, I get to watch the University of New Hampshire play. To me, that’s good football!

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Robert “Boots” Chouinard lives in Salisbury.

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